German Special Forces soldiers training in Arizona mistaken for TERRORISTS after ‘bizarre’ visit to local hospital

Two members of the German Special Forces Command (KSK) were reported to the FBI as real terrorists after appearing “strange” at a hospital near where they were conducting weeks of military exercises.

The pair of plainclothes Bundeswehr soldiers came to an Arizona medical clinic to find out if the Germans could receive treatment there if they were injured or infected with Covid-19. But the men’s mysterious visit raised alarms among hospital staff, German media Der Spiegel reported on Monday.

Hospital workers immediately alerted the FBI, suspecting the visitors could have been terrorists who had pushed the hospital into an attack.

Hospital staff reportedly said the Germans were behaving strangely – for example, appearing in civilian clothes and refusing to show any form of identification outside of NATO marching orders – which apparently did that increase their mistrust.

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The FBI responded to the advice of hospital staff with “great urgency“, According to Der Spiegel. To make matters worse, the commandos were operating under the strictest level of secrecy of their unit and the German Embassy in Washington was unaware of their mission – a situation which undoubtedly panicked the FBI further. The misunderstanding was reportedly only resolved after several phone calls between the two governments.

While the local clinic reportedly ignored their existence, the KSK’s US training missions aren’t exactly a state secret. Not only had an entire company, including a commander, been running a week-long parachuting course in Arizona since the start of the year, journalists had been invited to participate in similar missions in the past, and the Bundeswehr had even used dramatic skydiving footage from these training missions on his YouTube channel, posting the video in hopes of piquing the interest of young Germans looking for adventure.

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The report is far from being the worst German commando mishap in recent times. The KSK was the starting point of an extremist plot in which an underground network of far-right soldiers had plotted to assassinate senior German politicians, including Green MP Claudia Roth, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and the former president Joachim Gauck. Participants had in fact stockpiled supplies, including weapons and ammunition – some from the military warehouse – and substances known to be used for the disposal of bodies.

The problem had grown so much that Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer chose to partially disband the unit rather than attempt to reform its problematic members – who had managed to extricate themselves largely from the military chain of command. . One of the four KSK companies was considered so irreparable that it had to be completely dissolved.

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